Afghan Evacuees Eligible for Health Insurance, CMS Says
By Joey Berlin

Nearly 4,500 people in the first group of evacuees to the U.S. from Afghanistan will resettle in Texas. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says most evacuees will be eligible for health insurance, and the agency has released guidance outlining their health coverage options.

According to CMS, most evacuees, depending upon their immigration status, can receive coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the health insurance marketplace, or Refugee Medical Assistance (which is usually administered by state Medicaid programs).

The six-page paper, released on Sept. 27, also explains that practitioners who provide COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccinations to the uninsured can be paid for that work through the federal COVID-19 Uninsured Program, but physicians must be enrolled in the program before they can submit payment claims. The full guidance is available on

Out of almost 37,000 Afghan evacuees in the first group entering the U.S., Texas will host 4,481, according to mid-September White House data obtained by The Associated Press.

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October 04, 2021

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October 04, 2021

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